Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

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A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections has been linked to pre-cut melon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced late Friday. A recall has affected eight states, the CDC said.

The melon products have been recalled, but authorities advise consumers not to eat pre-cut melon products produced at Caito Foods and packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers. Stores carrying the melon include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.

The recalled products were distributed to stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

If you have purchased any fruit that may have been connected with the recall, the CDC is asking that you throw it away immediately.

The CDC says 31 of the people sickened have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported.

Diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps are the symptoms of salmonella infection. The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days. Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN or MI should also be thrown away.

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Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN and MI.

The outbreak is linked to Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, LLC.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

Fruit salad containing melon purchased at Walmart, Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in the affected states.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment.

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